Best wishes to Stephen Wade, author of the University of Illinois Press book The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, whose Smithsonian Folkways CD Banjo Diary is up for a Grammy Award this year.

From the Smithsonian Folkways site:
Innovative and often surprising, Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition explores knowledge older musicians have bequeathed to younger players. Inspired by past banjo masters of frailing and of two- and three-finger styles, Stephen Wade, accompanied by Mike Craver, Russ Hooper, Danny Knicely, James Leva, and Zan McLeod, mines new creative possibilities with pump organ, piano, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, Dobro, rhumba box, washboard, and bass.

(Photo by: MaryE Yeomans)

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